Not on the moor; this race starts just north of the river and takes you north, so looking over Wharfedale you get quite a good view of Ilkley Moor.
But before I start – breaking news. At my 1st BOFRA race, Dick Hudson’s (see a previous post), in Ilkley, I was first v60. Yes – v60, not v65. An unexpected success.
And here’s the start at Hutton Roof last weekend. I know where I am on this photo.
The Ilkley Trail race was 10.9 km with 213 m of climb. A short road section, then up through the wood, over a field, some track, road, track, some path, more road, more track, back over the road, down a track, down the field, back into the wood, down the road, down a few steps and sprint to the finish. All runnable. Which was my downfall; I need the walking bits. So I did supply them, and walked – not a lot – that I should have run. Despite which people were coming past me in the latter stages of the race.
Not a total success, therefore. And not all that many points towards the club championship, but I did improve my points tally in the club Grand Prix. And it was a nice run out in the countryside, on a fine if overcast and slightly cool day, and there were lots of runners to enjoy the event. Once again,the cakes were good. Won’t run now till the weekend. Give my legs a break from running. Hoping to get a bit of walking on Wednesday, which is said to use different muscles. Intending to do the Edenfield fell race on Sunday.
30 done. 40 to go.